Escape to the 2024 Winter Writing retreat nestled in the idyllic Sandy Cove, a short distance from the Philadelphia International and Baltimore Washington International airports. 

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking charm of the Chesapeake Bay, providing a serene backdrop that fuels creative expression and fosters artistic growth.

Our winter retreat offers a unique opportunity to hone your craft under the guidance of respected mentors in our community. 

Can’t travel this February? Don’t worry, you can participate in the retreat virtually during the first couple weeks of March. You can choose to view the content at your own pace or follow an online schedule with other writers, where you'll have a live host, plus Q & A time with the teachers.

Lodging costs for in-person attendees are all-inclusive (4 night stay and 11 meals.) You can opt for a shared room or private accommodations—whatever suits your needs and budget.

Still have questions? Email our conference director at [email protected]. We hope to watch the sunset with you at beautiful Sandy Cove.


Janeen Ippolito Writer, Editor, Coach

believes that stories change the world. She’s an award-winning author of over 20 books, including bestselling fiction, author resources, and poetry. For seven years was the CEO of Uncommon Universes Press, a publishing company with award-winning books. Janeen is also an experienced editor, coach, and marketing strategist at Author Elevate, where she equips fiction authors for sustainable success. She hosts the Author Elevate Podcast and is an in-demand conference speaker and teacher. In her spare time, she helps her husband with his youth swordfighting ministry, indulges her foodie ambitions, reads whatever she wants, and explores a slew of random hobbies. Her life goals include traveling to Antarctica and riding a camel while wearing a party hat.

Seth Ring Writer, bestseller, habit hacker

Author of the Battle Mage Farmer and Titan Series, Seth loves telling stories, building worlds, and sharing those stories and worlds with other people.

Growing up traveling between the USA and Ghana, West Africa, books were Seth’s constant companions. As he grew, so did his imagination spawning fantastical tales of heroes and villains, of magic, technology, and skill.

Eventually, Seth thought it would be a good idea to write some of his stories down since he was running out of room in his head. Seth Ring currently lives with his wife, kids, and dog in the United States of America.

Morgan Busse Award-winning author

Morgan is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of multiple series including The Ravenwood Saga andSkyworld series. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist and won the INSPY, Selah, and Carol Award for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.

In person & Virtual

Space is limited at the Winter Writer's Retreat in-person. We'd love to see 35 writers at Sandy Cove this year, . For virtual attendees, the event will be videotaped and rebroadcast as a virtual event with a different schedule than the live event. This will allow for a more seamless experience for our virtual attendees. Your live host and teachers will join you to offer a personal, customized experience.

Attendee Registration

  • Subscribing members get a $25 discount! Go get your coupon code from the "Members -Prime" group in the RealmSphere. This virtual event will happen March 4-9 with two chances to catch each session followed by a live Q&A with the instructor.

  • Subscribing members get a $25 discount! Go get your coupon code from the "Member Benefits" article in whichever Premium Group in the RealmSphere that corresponds with your membership level (Prime, Published, Professional, or Business).


11 meals will be included during your stay at the retreat. 

Thursday dinner
Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Sunday breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Monday breakfast


All images used on the form are ACTUAL views from the property at Sandy Cove..

We are very excited to work with Sandy Cove Ministries for our retreat this year! If you are registered to attend in person please choose your rooming preference below. No further action will be required on your part to make a reservation. We will take care of everything! We are limiting the number of single room options due to the fact that it will reduce our overall capacity for in-person attendance. If single rooms are sold out and you still want one I encourage you to register at that level and join the waiting list. Once we achieve the minimum attendance we need we may begin to open up more single rooms as we are able and you will be first in line.

Check in is at 4 pm on Thursday, February 15th. The first session will begin after dinner on Thursday. If you find that travel plans necessitate a Wednesday arrival we will be managing that on a case by case basis in the special event community hosted in the RealmSphere. Check-out is after breakfast on Monday morning Feb 19th.

All rooms are in a recently renovated wing of the Chesapeake Lodge.

  • All rooms have one queen bed, two (or three) extra-long twin beds with 3-inch memory foam toppers on all beds, a table and chairs. It has a full bathroom with a tub/shower, toilet, and sink. 11 meals are included.

  • The Standard Deluxe room has one queen bed, two extra-long twin beds with 3-inch memory foam toppers on all beds, a table and chairs. It has a full bathroom with a tub/shower, toilet, and sink. 11 meals are included.

  • Please reach out to Becky via email at [email protected] so we can fully understand your needs and see how we may accommodate them.


Give the gift of registration with a voucher for a friend

We will send an email with the voucher code. It will expire on February 15th, 2024.


In the event you discover you cannot attend this event after you’ve registered, the following refund policy will apply:

More than 60 days prior to the event: full refund, less a 10% processing fee
30-59 days prior to the event: 50% refund
Less than 30 days prior to the event: non refundable, but you may transfer your registration to another attendee. You are responsible for finding the individual to whom you wish to transfer your registration and informing the registrar of the change.

In consideration for being allowed to participate in this Realm Makers event, I release from liability and waive my right to sue Realm Makers, their employees, officers, volunteers and agents (collectively “Realm Makers”) from any and all claims, including claims of Realm Makers’ negligence, resulting in any physical injury, illness (including death) or economic loss I may suffer or which may result from my participation in this event, travel to and from the event (including air travel), or any events incidental to this Event.

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